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The complexity of health care reform has been apparent over the past decade, starting with the deliberations that led to passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and continuing through recent efforts to repeal, replace, and modify that legislation. What have been the successes of the ACA? What have been the failures? What changes do most expert – liberal and conservative – agree about? Where are the key points of difference? These questions and more will be discussed in a Fireside Chat format.
Join us for an informative discussion! There will be ample time for questions from attendees. Please submit questions in advance during registration.
Andy Bindman, MD, Professor of Medicine, UC San Francisco
Andy Bindman is a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology & Biostatistics based at the Philip R Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. He is a primary care physician with federal and state health policy experience who has practiced and taught clinical medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital for over 30 years while also conducting health services research to improve care within the health care safety net. From 2011 through 2014, Dr. Bindman served as a senior advisor within the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation’s Office of Health Policy. He was appointed as the Director for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) within the US Department of Health and Human Services in 2016 and he served in that role until the end of the Obama administration.
Charles E. Phelps, PhD, Provost Emeritus, University of Rochester
Charles E Phelps, PhD ("Chuck") has been active in health economics since the 1970s, when he helped found the RAND Health Insurance Experiment. He has published dozens of seminal books, papers, and monographs about health, the health care system, and health policy. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 1991. His leading textbook, Health Economics, entered its 6th edition in late 2017. His new book, titled The Economics of US Health Care Policy and coauthored with Stephen T. Parente (nominee for Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), explores the US health care system, and sets out the case for its reform. Now retired to the Northern California coast, he remains active in consulting and advising in health policy issues and in various activities with the National Academy of Medicine.
Joanne Spetz, PhD, Professor, UC San Francisco (MIT ’90)
Joanne Spetz is a Professor at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, Department of Family and Community Medicine, and School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. She is the Associate Director for Research at Healthforce Center at UCSF and the Director of the UCSF Health Workforce Research Center for Long-Term Care. Her fields of specialty are economics of the health care workforce, shortages and supply of registered nurses, organization and quality of the hospital industry, effect of medical marijuana policy on youth substance use, and the substance use disorder treatment workforce. Joanne's teaching is in health care financial management, health economics, and quantitative research methods. Joanne is an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.